I am a self taught artist; however, I have had the benefit of learning from other artist over the years through occasional workshops, as well as time spent studying my treasured collection of artist authored books. After all, we learn from living and those we admire. I have been a maker my whole life, working in various media; including painting, jewelry, sculpting and hand sewing. Since 2005, I have enjoyed mixed media doll making and it has been an art form where I can play with many mediums. My dolls are sculpted from air-dry paper clay or polymer, cloth, sticks and found objects from walks in the woods. I also find inspiration for my doll sculptures from vintage fabrics and do-dads found at flea markets.
Cindy Riccardelli makes art doll sculptures that range from the whimsical to the forlorn, sometimes sophisticated and sometimes primitive. They evoke a range of emotions drawn from a library of memories gathered from six decades of people watching. Currently, she divides her studio time between doll making and painting; going back and forth between the two helps to keep her creative process fresh. Over the years, many of her dolls and paintings have found new homes with collectors across the United States, Europe and Australia.
She is an animal lover and native New Englander who has also lived for a time in Scotland; where her first daughter was born, and more recently the mountains of western North Carolina; where she lived for eleven years and was a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. She currently lives in the hills of Vermont with her two grey cats. When she is not making art in her home studio; she is doing house and garden maintenance, fixing up her fixer upper, and visiting grandkids.